In Mother Jones’s “White Nationalists See Trump As Their Troll In Chief. Is He With Them?“, Josh Harkinson traces the threads that weave together white supremacists, men’s rights activists, libertarians, and angry young men with a lot of time on their hands, with a slender weave of Russian interference shot through here and there.
By the time Trump secured the presidency, (Richard) Spencer was already thinking about how his movement would use the victory to supplant traditional conservatism. “We’re in a very similar position to the left, the academic or far left that was a vanguard to the Barack Obama movement,” he told me on the night of the election. “The right has the conservative movement, and they are a bunch of losers and dorks…They have chosen the wrong side, and the alt-right has chosen the right side. And the alt-right can legitimately say we are the vanguard of Trumpian populism.”